Life is full of change.  The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens; a time to be born and a time to die and so forth.  Change is life. Some change is good, while other change is not so good. How do you handle change?

Recently, there has been a big change in our home church.  Our pastor moved to another town to serve and minister.  Things have naturally changed while the church is in transition.  Some people seem to handle this change with a great attitude and excitement of what God may do next.  However, some people have met this change with great sadness and fear; wondering if they belong at our any more.  I have a word of encouragement for you regardless how you have dealt with this change or any change:  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)  

Isn't that great news?!! Our God and Savior does not change.  He is not fickle. His love for us doesn't end.  He is fait…

Live Again!

As I am sitting here pondering this past week and the wonderful revival we had at church, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly grateful for Jesus and His love for us. I’m rejuvenated, excited, and so incredibly thankful that I have a Savior who loves unconditionally. I want to shout from the mountain tops to the ends of the earth that Jesus is ALIVE and that He LOVES you and me! But what does REVIVAL truly mean? What do you think of when you hear the word “revival?” Do you think of a temporary state of being, a certain way to feel emotionally after a jump start to yourself or others, or do you feel an elated state of happiness? While all these maybe true, the dictionary defines “revive” as returning to consciousness or life: becoming active or flourishing again. Just like a flower after a hard winter buds and blooms again, it shows that it becomes alive again with the newness of the welcoming, warm weather and the fresh Spring season. The flower becomes a beautiful creation of God’s …

People pleaser or God pleaser?

Does your stomach get in knots when someone is upset with you?  Do you feel a little rain cloud over your head when someone you love is unhappy?   For many years I have been a people-pleaser.  When I was younger, I would say and do things to make people happy even if I felt they were wrong.  Also, I would keep quiet when I should of spoken up.  I felt it was my personal duty to make sure everyone was pleased with me and my performance.  Exhausting!

Not only is being a people-pleaser exhausting, it is not healthy nor Godly.  I can just hear someone saying, "but are we not suppose to love and care for others?"  Of course we are.  However, being a "people-pleaser" often has nothing to do with love and everything to do with fear.   We fear losing a friendship or love relationship.  We fear of losing status or position.  We fear failure and loss of approval.  We are called to love.  Love is a free gift that wants nothing in return.  However, when our goal is to please…